Friday, October 15, 2010

Parents: Don't forget anti-monster spray before bedtime

After a young child watches a scary movie or is frightened by a Halloween costume, parents should reach for a can of anti-monster spray before bedtime, says Theresa Kruczek, a Ball State University counseling educator.

"Preschool children and those in early elementary school often have a difficult time with Halloween," she says. "Some may say they understand when things are make believe and when they are not, but it still may not register when the event occurs.

"After a frightening experience, children may have nightmares. They really can't tell us too much about the dream, but we can take some precautions to ward off those dreams by using a can of air freshener, otherwise known as anti-monster spray, to keep monsters at bay. Monsters don't like nice-smelling stuff."

Kruczek also advises:

·  Limit preschoolers to 30 minutes or less of activities, including trick-or-treating, and only during daylight hours.

·  Ask friends and strangers to take off masks to show children that it really is a person under the costume.

·  Parents and siblings should never wear masks around youngsters afraid of such items.

·  In families with children of varying age ranges, allow each youngster to participate in age-appropriate activities.

·  Avoid haunted houses unless the facility offers age-appropriate activities.

"Just because you love haunted houses doesn't mean your 4-year-old will," Kruczek says. "Remember that parents are the best judges of their child's abilities. If their kids freak out during a scary movie, they'll freak out at a haunted house or when someone in a scary outfit comes by."


And just in case you were wondering... yes, you CAN buy Monster Spray!!!

Anti-Monster Spray is "a specially formulated Monster Repellent Spray. Not only does it give children peace of mind that every kind of lurching, squelching, bug-eyed beast has been forever banished to whence it came, but the spray also contains natural Lavender oils that soothe troubled nerves allowing a peaceful night's sleep for both children and parents. Thank goodness - another worldwide crisis averted!"

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